(June 24, 2014) – The Delmarva Junior Open, traditionally known as a “Mid-Atlantic” USTA event, drew players from across the country last weekend, as participants from Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Pennsylvania traveled to Ocean City to compete. Despite a slight dip in participants, likely due to new regional tournaments in the Washington D.C. area, the Delmarva Junior Open was an overall success.
“We were delighted with the quality of play and the ability to draw players from across the nation,” stated Tennis Director, Dr. Keith Coleman, who also served as the Tournament Director. “There is some competition from the higher level tournaments in the region during this time of year so we didn’t see the number of participants that we had anticipated, but we are hopeful that making some changes to the timing of the event could greatly impact the tournament in the future.”
In the Girl’s 16 Division, Celicilia Cress (Winchester,Va) was the champion by going undefeated in round robin play. Maureen MacLeod (Chestertown, MD) was the runner-up. In the Girl’s 18 Division the semi-final matches were highly contested. In the first semi-final, Samanta Sterling (McKinney, TX) edged Nicole Shennett (Germantown, TN) by the score of 6-4, 6-4. In the second semi-final, Katarina Stevanovich (Delray Beach, FL) narrowly beat Peyton Schaffer (McMurray, PA) 7-5, 6-2. Stevanovich went on to cruise in the finals 6-0, 6-0.
The next junior tournament at the Ocean City Tennis Center (OCTC) will be the Ocean City Open scheduled for August 1-3, 2014. All tournaments played at the OCTC are sanctioned by the USTA. For more information or for registration, you can call the tennis center at 410.524.8337or the Recreation and Parks Department at 410.250.0125. Also, visit http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/tennis_center.html.